2018 is indeed a year of change and growth for Shanti Uganda – as we celebrate #10YearsofImpact we are experiencing a change of leadership, with our Founder Natalie stepping out of the Executive Director role and onto the Board of Directors to support our mission and vision from there. While all of our staff will dearly miss working with Natalie day-to-day, we are extremely excited to welcome María Wong as our new Executive Director.
María comes to us from Casa – Pueblito in Toronto, a nonprofit organization that facilitates community development and intercultural learning with a focus on youth in Canada and Latin America and which envisions compassion and social justice across borders. She has over 6+ years of experience working with communities locally and globally in project areas including gender equity, health and sanitation, and food and water security. María is passionate about intersectional feminism and human rights – including the right of all peoples, everywhere, to access quality, respectful healthcare.
“The empowerment of half of the world’s population is a question of human rights. When we ensure the safety and wellbeing of mothers, we’re ensuring the safety and wellbeing of not just families, but of entire communities. Shanti Uganda’s holistic, inclusive, and culturally responsive approach to women’s empowerment and community development are its strengths. I am incredibly honoured and humbled to join the dedicated team at Shanti and to work with our supporters to eradicate preventable maternal mortality in Uganda.” – María Wong
In addition to her work in the nonprofit sector, María has also taught the International Development Placement Course at York University, a practical course preparing undergraduate students to work in the international development sector.
María is deeply committed to sustainable, community-driven programming and is excited to get to work for the families we serve. Please join us in giving her a warm Shanti family welcome to our team.